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Steve Biko Memorial Lectures

Steve Biko Memorial Lectures | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
he Steve Biko Memorial Lecture is hosted by UCT in partnership with the Steve Biko Foundation.

The annual lecture is held to commemorate the life and death of Biko and to celebrate his courage and leadership as a political activist. The lecture also celebrates him as an intellectual whose courage was in the battlefield of ideas, through his writing, and whose greatest contribution was the intellectual contribution he made to the struggle and to the ideas of black consciousness. Biko also urged the people who work and study in universities, and in particular university students who have the opportunity as part of student movements, to be the vanguards of change. He said that it is the particular role of universities to produce public intellectuals and to intervene in the political arena.

These values of courage, intellect and using the space for political agendas are virtues that UCT aims to embody through its value system, its students and staff.

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Sands of indifference bury Mbeki's Timbuktu dream

Sands of indifference bury Mbeki's Timbuktu dream | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
South Africa is about to close its Timbuktu trust fund - formally ending an era that began more than a decade ago with a trip by two presidents to the hot and dusty streets of the legendary Malian desert city.
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On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid

On Not Reducing Racism to Apartheid | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Many white South Africans seem to assume that the end of apartheid, imagined as a temporary anomaly consequent to a backward form of Afrikaner nationalism, has meant the end of racism. This is often taken to mean that white South Africans are now able to rejoin a community of international whiteness. This space is often imagined, in an enduring colonial trope, as a space of enlightenment that offers a unique and precious gift to the world. When white South Africans see themselves as having a spe
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The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris

The Charlie Hebdo White Power Rally in Paris | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The “civilized” have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and
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Uganda to set record with third papal visit

Uganda to set record with third papal visit | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has confirmed he will visit Uganda this year. The pope announced his visit during an hour-long press conference on a flight back to the Vatican from a tour of Asia.

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So, what will he have to say about LBGTI people who are under attack?

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Who Grabbed the Lang'ata Primary School Playground? #kenya

Who Grabbed the Lang'ata Primary School Playground? #kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A Digital Essay by Onyango Oloo Child abuse and molestation takes many forms. The Kenyan policemen who brutalized traumatized and terrified primary school children- some as young as six,
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Sacrificing Poverty Alleviation for Climate Financing?

Sacrificing Poverty Alleviation for Climate Financing? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Paris based think tank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported late last year that donor spending on climate change rose four fold since 2007 to over R400 billion in 2013. The vast majority of this climate change money is spent on mitigation rather than adaptation thus not being directed at helping poor people adapt to climate change. Donors are now spending more than a quarter of what they commit to poverty alleviation on climate change and this money is c
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#Congo: Tshisekedi appelle à la mobilisation contre le "régime finissant"

#Congo: Tshisekedi appelle à la mobilisation contre le "régime finissant" | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
De quatre à quatorze personnes ont perdu la vie lundi dans des affrontements à Kinshasa entre forces de l'ordre et jeunes manifestants anti-Kabila, d'après radio Okapi. Internet et les réseaux mobiles ont été coupés par les autorités de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Une "chasse à l'homme" à la recherche des opposants serait en cours. Certaines sources non confirmées parlent de 20 morts en deux jours. Plusieurs opposants ont été arrêtés. La Belgique exprime sa préoccupation et appell
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Global Blackness - Hakima Abbas

Global Blackness - Hakima Abbas | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Globally, women and queer folk are resisting and building alternatives at the intersections of patriarchy and capitalism. In the U.S, I have been dismayed by the erasure of Black cis and trans women’s lives even within the Black Lives Matter movement. Where was the mass mobilization when Tanisha Anderson was murdered by the police? Where was the mass mobilization when Deshawnda Bradley was killed? Where is the movement for the sixty four thousand Black women that are missing in the U.S? On the continent of Africa, we witness the attempt to disappear Black women and queer lives and life from the very narrative of African identity. Armed with imported religious fundamentalisms, the promise of capitalist prosperity and the necessity for diversion and division, an alliance has formed to enshrine patriarchy, heteropatriarchy and transphobia into the fabric of Africa. It’s important that we not fall into the trap of asserting that oppression and oppressive practices are a manifestation of African culture or tradition. As Amilcar Cabral reminds us, culture is dynamic and perpetually being made. Culture can be used as a tool for liberation or for the purposes of domination: the choice sits with us. Patriarchy is not my culture even if the system of patriarchy dominates the practices of those around me. I choose the traditions of freedom, respect, love and self-determination that are just as much embedded in the history and practices of my people.  Women and Queer Africans are choosing and creating an Africa outside of the bounds of patriarchy by mobilizing in Soweto for Pride, through hundreds of people taking to the streets of Nairobi in miniskirts when a woman was stripped naked for being indecently dressed and by demanding an end to violence against sex workers under the banner of Black lives matter.

 
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Another brilliant piece from Hakima!

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Mamdani: 'Charlie Hebdo cartoons are bigoted'

Mamdani: 'Charlie Hebdo cartoons are bigoted' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

We are going through a resurgence of politicized religion and politicized tradition. Think of the parties in Europe that now organize in defense of ‘Europe’ and against immigrants (really Muslims). Think of born-again Christianity and its remarkable political influence in the U.S. Think of political Zionism, both in Israel and the U.S. Think of the BJP and the myriad Sangh Sabha organisations in India who want a Hindu state as the surest guarantee for the defense of Hindu tradition. And think of radical Islamist groups that want an ‘Islamic state’ as a guarantee of a return to Islam. 

My point is that we are seeing a resurgence of movements around the world that speak the language of nativism, tradition and religion. Not all of them are reactionary. We should be careful not judge the contents largely by the packaging. In my view, the debate inside tradition and religion is as important the debate between secular and religious traditions.

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How Many Muslim Countries Has the US Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980?

Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria—the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one could say that seeking congressional authorization for a war that commenced months ago is at least better than fighting a war even after Congress explicitly rejected its authorization, as Obama lawlessly did in the now-collapsed country of Libya.

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#jobs: Deputy Director, Gender Responsive Agriculture

#jobs: Deputy Director, Gender Responsive Agriculture | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Oxford HR pioneered Executive Search in the international development community in 1995. Since then we have been leaders in finding talent to manage some of the most complex and interesting organisations in the world.
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Relations Chine-Cameroun : la question foncière divise

Relations Chine-Cameroun : la question foncière divise | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
L’acquisition des terres arables camerounaises par les intérêts chinois n’a pas pu être évitée lors de l’audience et de la séance de travail bipartite animées par le ministre Moukoko Mbonjo et son hôte Wang Yi.
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Turkana's "forgotten people" call for halt to Ethiopia’s imminent water grabs

Turkana's "forgotten people" call for halt to Ethiopia’s imminent water grabs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Ethiopia is building huge dams and plantations in the Omo River Valley, displacing its own people in addition to causing lost livelihoods in Kenya.
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#Greece: "The bailout is over. Blackmail is over. Subservience is over."

#Greece: "The bailout is over. Blackmail is over. Subservience is over." | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
"History is knocking at our door," declared Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the leftwing coalition party of Syriza in Greece, during a speech addressed to thousands of supporters in Athens on Thursday night as he stood next to his foreign compatriot Pablo Iglesias of the Spanish Podemos Party.
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GRAIN — Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa?

GRAIN — Land and seed laws under attack: who is pushing changes in Africa? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A battle is raging for control of resources in Africa – land, water, seeds, minerals, ores, forests, oil, renewable energy sources. Agriculture is one of the most important theatres of this battle. Governments, corporations, foundations and development agencies are pushing hard to commercialise and industrialise African farming.

Many of the key players are well known.1 They are committed to helping agribusiness become the continent's primary food commodity producer. To do this, they are not only pouring money into projects to transform farming operations on the ground − they are also changing African laws to accommodate the agribusiness agenda.
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Grand Theft Global - Natural Resource Pillage in #DRC

Grand Theft Global - Natural Resource Pillage in #DRC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
From the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to Al-Shabaab, many of the world’s most infamous and destabilizing armed actors today finance their activities in part through the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources. Theft in the context of armed conflict constitutes the war crime of pillage, which is punishable in most domestic jurisdictions and at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Depuis l'État islamique d'Irak et du Levant (ISIL :
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Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time'

Explosive Rates of Mass Incarceration Called Major 'Civil Rights Issue of Our Time' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, particularly of black men, is no accident, finds a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. It stems from deep racism in U.S. society—enacted through public policy, policing, a dual court system, media representations, and more—and constitutes "one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time."
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eco~Instigator Issue #6 | Health of Mother Earth Foundation

eco~Instigator Issue #6 | Health of Mother Earth Foundation | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

In this Issue:

Towards attaining “Transformation” through Activism

Modern Foods: Taking a Second Look at GMO Food Policies in Nigeria

The Food We Want – Report from HS04

Any hope for Ogoniland on the Horizon?

- See more at: http://www.homef.org/publication/ecoinstigator-issue-6#sthash.nwijh0hi.dpuf

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INSIGHT: What centre holds for these prevailing African scholars?

INSIGHT: What centre holds for these prevailing African scholars? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
>I didn’t expect Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire’s Open Letter to Contemporary African Intellectuals to go viral. I thought it would simply be dismissed as a recycling of exhausted critiques and criticisms. Yet I shared it online enthusiastically.
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SMS and Internet access cut in #DRC

SMS and Internet access cut in #DRC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
RDC: les opérateurs téléphoniques confirment avoir reçu des instructions des autorités pour couper l'accès aux SMS et à Internet

Une mesure entrée en vigueur lundi soir à minuit et qui concerne les six opérateurs du pays pour l'ensemble de leurs clients et pour une durée indéterminée. Aucune raison officielle n'a été donnée par les autorités. En tout cas, la loi autorise l'Etat à couper l'accès pour raison de sécurité. Cette décision intervient au lendemain d'une journée de manifestations contre le projet de loi électorale et les violences entre manifestants et forces de l'ordre qui ont fait 4 morts selon le gouvernement, 13 selon l'opposition et même 14 d'après la FIDH.

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'Free Speech' and Islamophobia: A Reading List

'Free Speech' and Islamophobia: A Reading List | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The January 7th massacre at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris has sparked an outburst of critical conversation across social and other media concerning freedom of expression, the politically charged proliferation of the ‘je suis Charlie’ slogan, and the consequential upsurge of anti-Muslim sentiment. On the London Review of Books blog, Adam Shatz considers the implications of the populist Charlie slogan as a “declaration of allegiance” that counterpoises itself against those “on the other sid
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The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 1)

The Roots of Conflict: From Settler-Colonialism to Military Occupation in the Western Sahara (Part 1) | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In order to understand the impact of the settler-colonial project in the Western Sahara it is necessary to understand how it came about, how it was justified, and the amount of Moroccan settlers that migrated from Morocco-proper. The Occupied Territories of the Western Sahara were formerly part of a Spanish colony. In 1884 Spain obtained a protectorate over the territory and assumed full military and administrative control.[4] After the passing of a United Nations General Assembly declaration granting colonial countries independence in 1960, Spain relinquished official colonial rule over the Western Sahara and accepted responsibility for preparing a referendum for the formerly colonized inhabitants. The purpose of the referendum was to provide Sahrawis the opportunity to decide the fate of their territory, including the options of self-determination and independence.
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Drawing upon citizens' voices in food systems: #iatp report

Drawing upon citizens' voices in food systems: #iatp report | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

What does it mean to participate in a democracy? Does the answer change when it comes to the food system? After all, as IATP’s latest report, Deepening Food Democracy, illustrates, for every corporate lobbyist exercising control in Washington, there is a food movement participant changing the food landscape in their local community. - See more at: http://www.iatp.org/blog/201501/drawing-upon-citizens-voices-deep-democracy-in-action#sthash.CoST8wxF.dpuf

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Pour Mariam Sow, présidente d'ENDA Sénégal, ce sont les populations qui gouvernent leur territoire

Mariam Sow d'Enda Pronat au Sénégal plaide pour une justice sociale dans la valorisation des terres
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#Liberia: Making agricultural investments work for land users & communities

#Liberia: Making agricultural investments work for land users & communities | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made an unexpected commitment related to foreign investment in land and community land rights.
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